Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics are -130 favorites over the Seattle Mariners.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 6.5 runs. The Mariners got the best of Oakland on Friday, as Michael Pineda blanked the Athletics and won the game 4-0.Â Oakland will try to get the bats going on Saturday when they put Trevor Cahill on the mound against Jason Vargas and Seattle.
For those who though last years 18-8 season was a fluke, Trevor Cahill silencing those critics in dominating fashion.Â Cahill his struck out 27 batters this season while walking just seven in 25 innings of work.Â He has been a bit unlucky against Seattle in this past, going 1-3 in six starts even though his ERA is just 2.80.Â Despite being just 9-10, Oakland has had the best pitching in the league ranking first with a team ERA of 2.52.Â Outfielder David DeJesus has gotten hot over the last week, leading the team hitting .364 and driving in four runs.
With the exception of one outing this season in which he allowed seven runs to the Indians, Jason Vargas has pitched great this season.Â In his other three outings Vargas has gone at least six deep and allowed no more than two runs.Â He picked up a no decision in Oakland to open up his season, pitching six and two thirds allowing just five hits and one run.Â It has been tough sledding for the Seattle bats this season, scoring just 3.5 runs per game and batting .224 as team which ranks 28th in the league.Â Ichiro Suzuki has gotten off to a slow start hitting .274, but is leading the team with six stolen bases.
These two teams have a knack for playing in very dull, low scoring games, especially when they are playing each other.Â Pitchers love facing these two lineups and it can often get them out of slumps, so I expect Cahill and Vargas to take full advantage of Saturdays matchup.Â Look for this to be another game with just a few runs scored, so the under should be a good play here.Â Take the under 6.5 runs in this ballgame.